WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.
The Nokia Icon has a high-resolution, 5-inch display; a large, long-lived battery; a fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor and the ability to transmit data over the high-speed LTE network. The 2420mAh battery provides long-lasting power and includes support for wireless charging,
Nokia has tried to distinguish the Icon by giving it a super-sharp camera and a suite of custom applications. Its 20-megapixel camera is one of the highest-resolution cameras you'll find in a smartphone.
The pictures shot on the Icon were generally sharper and had truer colors. The Icon also seemed to do a better job in low ambient light or with a lot of contrast between bright and dark areas.
Other neat features on the Icon's camera app include a mode called "smart sequence" that allows users to shoot a burst of 10 photos at four frames a second. After you take the pictures, you can choose the best shot among them, replace a person's face from one shot with their face from an earlier or later one, combine multiple exposures into an action shot, or blur the background of the combined photos to focus on the moving objects within them.
Nokia has supplemented its main camera app with one that allows users to take panoramic photos, and another that allows users to edit pictures after they've taken them.
That app, called Nokia Creative Studio, allows users to preview what their photos will look like if certain filters are applied. What's more fun is that it's easy for users to blur the background of their pictures or have only particular items within them be in color while the rest of the scene is changed to black-and-white.
Another camera app Nokia has made available for the Icon is something called Cinemagraph, which allows users to create pictures that look like stop-motion animations, with people or pets or other objects moving within a still background. I'm not sure how often an app like that would come in handy, but it's fun to play with.
The most compelling non-camera app for the Icon is Here Maps, Nokia's answer to Google Maps. Like that app, Here Maps offers point-to-point directions for drivers and pedestrians. But unlike Google Maps, Here Maps stores its maps on the device, so you don't have to worry about losing your maps if you are out of cellular range.
Here Maps has an augmented reality feature called LiveSight, which overlays icons representing points of interest on top of a live view of your surroundings taken from the camera. Using the phone's compass and GPS antenna, LiveSight can point you to nearby retailers, restaurants or parks. If you tap on any of their icons, you can get phone numbers, street addresses and user reviews. The app also has what looks like a radar display that shows a 360-degree view of all the points of interest in the area.
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